Stephen King is an American author who has wrote many best-selling books, if you love his work, get to know him here on our list of things to know about Stephen King! In his own words, Stephen King is the Big Mac of writers. Unavoidable – an institution. However, unlike the fast food restaurant, King is actually good for your soul. His prose is witty, profound and, depending on what age you read his books, a master of suspense/bone chillingly scary (delete as appropriate).
10. He Wrote a Musical Too
So we come to the first fact on our list of things to know about Stephen King. It’s based on a house that Mellencamp bought in Indiana that came complete with a ghost story. The legend is that three siblings were messing around in the woods and one of the brothers accidentally got shot. The surviving brother and sister jumped in the car to go get help, and in their panic, swerved off the road right into a tree and were killed instantly. Of course, the three now haunt the woods by the house Mellencamp bought. The singer approached King about maybe doing something with the story, and between the two of them, they wrote songs and a plot for a musical called The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.
9. A Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Like almost all Writers
He says that he doesn’t remember writing Cujo at all, really, and wishes he could. It came to a head when his family members confronted him with drug paraphernalia they had collected from his trash can, including Xanax, cocaine, beer cans and Valium. It was the eye-opener he needed: he got help and has been sober ever since.
8. A Family of Authors
We move onto the next fact on our list of things to know about Stephen King. Tabitha King, Stephen’s wife, has seven published novels. Joe, their oldest son, followed in his dad’s footsteps and is a horror writer (I really like his books, for what it’s worth). Youngest child Owen has written a collection of short stories and one novella (and he married a writer). Naomi, the only King daughter, is a minister and gay activist.
7. The Pseudonym – Richard Bachman
King adopted the pseudonym to get around the publishing convention that an author should put out only one book a year. He could potentially double his production by using the Bachman identity. Indications are that King enjoyed the Bachman phenomenon and played with it to suit his fancy. Bachman was reported to have died of “cancer of the pseudonym” in 1985. At that time, five novels were credited to him. Happily for Bachman fans, a sixth novel, The Regulators, was discovered in his basement some years after his “death” and published “posthumously” in 1996. Reportedly, following Bachman’s demise, King commented that he was, “A nasty man…I’m glad that he’s dead.”
6. The Accident in 1999
We move onto the next fact on our list of things to know about Stephen King. He was involved in car accident and seriously injured. While walking along a road near Lovell, Maine, King was struck by a van whose driver had been distracted by something his dog was doing inside the vehicle. King had orthopedic injuries to his hip and leg which required a number of surgeries to correct. He didn’t sue the driver of the vehicle. But, he wailed on it with a baseball bat before sending it to be crushed at a junkyard, and this happened when he got better.
5. The Background
There may be a reason for the way his brain seems to be able to create chilling stories at such an amazing clip: he saw a friend get struck and killed by a train when he was just a kid. The idea that such a traumatizing event stuck with him and inspired his line of work is one that King shrugs off.
4. Awards for Novels
King has won over 50 awards for his novels – his first was the 1978 American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults with ‘Salem’s Lot.
3. Why He Went with a Pseudonym
We move onto the next fact on our list of things to know about Stephen King. Believing his popularity to be an accident, King wrote as Bachman. The books sold equally well, and King was outed.
2. His House in Maine
We move onto the next fact on our list of things to know about Stephen King. People travel from miles around to visit King’s house in Bangor, Maine, whose gates are adorned with bats and spider webs.
1. His Fear
Last but not the least, the next fact on our list of things to know about Stephen King is that it was during his time in hospital that King got the idea for Lisey’s Story. His wife told him she’d go home and make his office nice and tidy for his return. He panicked and told her to stay out of there, realising that if he had died, he would have left his papers and drafts very unorganised and free for anyone to look at.